Possessing a knack for adventurous yet accessible programming, enhakē (in-HA-kee) has consistently distinguished itself with performances of startling intensity. Drawing its name from the Seminole (Creek) word for sound or call, enhakē has been praised for its “playing of the very highest caliber” (Fanfare) and “keen instinct for exciting programmes” (BBC Music Magazine).
Their 2010 Carnegie Hall recital Made in America was lauded for its "rock solid rhythmic integrity...strengths in balance, intonation, and musicality” and described as a “polished, yet spontaneous performance" (The New York Concert Review). The grand-prize winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009), gold medalist of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall (2008), and finalist of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa (2011), enhakē has successfully toured on three continents and in some of the world’s most exciting venues including: NYC’s Carnegie Hall, at the OK Mozart Festival, South Korea’s Young-San Arts Hall, the Pan-Music Festival at the Seoul Arts Center, and the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Series in Costa Rica under the auspices of the US Department of State and Costa Rica—North America Cultural Center.
They were previously the ensemble-in-residence for the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA) and Tallahassee Youth Orchestras (FL). To celebrate the former group’s 50th Anniversary, enhakē premiered a concerto entitled Thronateeska that was commissioned for the occasion and written for them by Steve Landis. In addition to this composition, the quartet has worked with leading composers such as Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen, and Edward Knight who have written for and/or dedicated music to the group.
enhakē has produced CDs for the MSR, Naxos, and Emeritus labels, which can be heard on NPR stations across the United States, Sirius XM, and Korean Broadcasting System 1FM. Their latest CD Prepárense: The Piazzolla Project has been described as “positively delightful…[t]he sense of ensemble is near-miraculous” (Fanfare).
Recently the group has enjoyed engagements with the Durango Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Logan, at Colorado Mesa University, International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and at the CMS International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upcoming season highlights include their debut in New Mexico as part of 3rd Avenue Arts’ 2016-17 season and a performance at the CMS National Conference in Santa Fe, NM.
For more information, visit their website at www.enhake.com.